Thursday, March 12, 2009

I was mistaken

I had thought that of all Ari Fleischer's shameless disinformation, his claim about George W. Bush's tax cuts for the rich leading to record breaking job creation was the worst. But I now see that's only because I tend to hear Bush surrogates spinning his legacy the way the Peanuts characters hear adults: wonka wonka, wonka ....

If I had been paying closer attention, I would have noticed the even insaner implicit suggestion that Saddam Hussein was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 Al Qaeda attacks and that the invasion and occupation of Iraq prevented him from attacking the United States again.

FLEISCHER: It was in part because of Iraq and large part because of the economy that Barack Obama won. Having said that, I also think Barack Obama should say thank you every day that he inherited a world without Saddam Hussein in it. The one thing people are going to remember the most is that he kept us safe. […]

But after September 11th, having been being hit once, how could we take a chance that Saddam Hussein might not strike again? We got a report saying al Qaeda is determined to attack the United States. Well, that’s not a surprise. Of course, they are. It doesn’t say where, it doesn’t say when, it doesn’t say how. So, if you get a report like that, what do you do?
Really, anyone promoting this sort of reality revising nonsense should not be treated by mainstream press as someone with enough credibility to be given a platform to spread such lies.

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